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Fire and Life Safety Bowl
Students win by learning more about fire and life safety in annual contest.

March 15, 2007

What is the best way to put out an electrical fire? What three elements are needed for a fire to start? Those are the types of questions that students answered in the 29th annual "Fire and Life Safety Bowl."

The Fire and Life Safety Bowl is an annual quiz contest intended to educate students from across Mecklenburg County about fire and life safety. While St. Ann's Catholic School took top honors, all students win by learning more about fire and life safety.

The Fire and Life Safety Bowl took place March 15 at the Oasis Shrine temple at 604 Doug Mayes Place in Charlotte. Fourth and fifth grade students from 30 public and private schools in Mecklenburg County will take part. Each school fielded a team of five students. A host asked questions from a guide the students studied since January. With each round, teams face elimination or advance until a winner is declared.

The first place team was from St. Ann's Catholic School, winning $500 and the John W. Knowles award, a silver bowl engraved with the school's name. The award is named in honor of Mecklenburg County's longtime fire marshal, who retired in 1998.

Second place was Sedgefield Elementary School, winning $300. Third place was Oaklawn Elementary School, winning $100. The schools will use the prize money to purchase educational equipment.

The 2007 Fire & Life Safety Bowl was presented by the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's Office, Charlotte Fire Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The goal is to teach children about fire and life safety hoping they will share their knowledge with their friends, family and community and help make Mecklenburg County a safer place.

Other sponsors: Mecklenburg County Volunteer Fireman's Association Inc., Firefighters' Burned Children Fund Inc., Independent Insurance Agents – Charlotte Mecklenburg, Mecklenburg County 4-H, Pinnacle Amusements, Inc., State Employees Assoc. of NC (SEANC), UNC Charlotte, District 13, Oasis Shriners/The Sands, Safe Kids Coalition of Charlotte Mecklenburg, Charlotte Association of Insurance Women, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, WJZY CW 46, and My WMYT 12.




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